Loc: Grayson County
It's been several years, but I hunted a mix of public and private land outside of Loving and I've never seen more birds in my life. We didn't have dogs (really wish we did), but came close to shooting 3 man limits every day we hunted. We would drive around all day and hop out every time we saw a covey and chase after them. We couldn't drive more than 10-15 minutes without seeing a covey of 20-50 birds. VERY rough terrain. My first and only time to hunt blues and it probably spoiled me for life. I cant imagine how much fun it would have been with good dogs as we spent a lot of time chasing and looking for downed birds. Some beautiful country as well. Saw lots of mule deer, elk, caves, pictographs, etc. Makes me want to go back thinking about it.
I grew up in New Mexico and didn't realize how great I had it back then. When I moved to Texas in 1991, the idea of paying to hunt blew me away. As far as quail hunting back home in NM, it's a lot of fun. So many oil field roads cut through that country. Just drive them, kick out the dogs and have at it. According to my best hunting buddy (my dad) numbers are better this year too. My advice, Be sure to have a good pair of boots because you'll be hoofin it all day chasing those blues(great exercise for us fat old guys!) Also, I recommend wearing chaps, snake guards, or upland pants to keep all of the stickers and brush from tearing up your legs. I'm heading that way in the next month to hunt with my dad and his best friend. Those old timers know where the birds are...can't wait! Here's some pics from us last year.